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About the Movie
Over twenty years ago Alan Ereira’s influential television film From The Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers’ Warning brought global attention to the Kogi people of Colombia, a remote and ancient South American civilization determined to caution us about environmental damage to the earth. A true ‘lost civilization’ who regard themselves as the guardians of the earth, the Kogi once traded with the Mayans and Aztecs but survived the Spanish conquests by retreating into their isolated mountain massif, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Having remained hidden for centuries, the Kogi surfaced in Ereira’s original 1990 film with an environmental message that was ahead of its time, a warning about how we, their ‘younger brother’, were destroying the ecosystem by plundering the earth’s natural resources. But, despite this warning, the Kogi have continued to see destructive changes to their homeland as highways and power plants continue to spring up, with glacial melt, ferocious storms, landslides, floods, droughts and deforestation continuing to take their toll. Now, two decades later and convinced that their message has gone unheeded, the next generation of Kogi are reaching out to the world once more with a much more specific warning about the future of the planet. Filmed over three years, this ambitious feature-length documentary project initiated by the Kogi, with footage filmed by them, is the authentic voice of an indigenous people.
Most important message of our times...
Imagine a small civilisation of people for the most part unknown to much of the modern world. A people who date back thousands of years. A people who are perceptive, intelligent, and attuned to the environment and cosmos in ways our scientists can confirm yet barely understand. Now imagine these people live for nothing else but to maintain the balance of the Earth, just as their ancestors have done since thousands of years before the time of Christ.
The people you are imagining are alive today. They are the Kogi of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Columbia. This movie is the second message for humanity. The first, which was unheeded (at a great price to the world) come out in 1990.
If you have any interest in the state of the world, the environment, or in spirituality and consciousness, this movie is a must see.
lost in translation
So much of the movie was spoken by the Kiogi people with little or no attempt to translate. Sadly I scold not understand what might have been a beautiful film